Christ is Mocked
Image by Lawrence OP
"The Lord has given me
a disciple’s tongue.
So that I may know how to reply to the wearied
he provides me with speech.
Each morning he wakes me to hear,
to listen like a disciple.
The Lord has opened my ear.
For my part, I made no resistance,
neither did I turn away.
I offered my back to those who struck me,
my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;
I did not cover my face
against insult and spittle.
The Lord comes to my help,
so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint;
I know I shall not be shamed."
– Isaiah 50:4-7, which is today’s first reading for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.
Detail from a 15th-century polychrome carved wood reredos in the church of St George and St James (Marktkirche) in central Hannover, Germany.